Help needed to raise fund for basketball trip

I am trying to start a go fund me for my 15 year old son, freshman in high school in Kotlik, Alaska. Kotlik is a small town of 600+ residents. The high school has a small amount of students like 40 students.
Emiran Mike first time attended NBC basketball camp in the summer of 2018 in Anchorage, Ak. He was nominated by a coach who chooses 5 or 6 players of the camp for 2019 NBC Travel Team International Basketball travel team tour. He waited about three weeks to get results after having completed his application and having his interview. The interviewee told Emiran after he asked about how many players are on a team, NBC said they usually choose 8 to 10 players to get as much play time. A lot of what the funds will help pay for are traveling out of the village to get a passport, training camp, team shuttles, team airfare, sight seeing activities, food, lodging, and travel team gear. The tour which Emiran got into is for International Travel Team Boys Basketball to United Kingdom 2019.
Emiran has been very passionate about basketball and I noticed about five years ago that he was serious about playing the sport. He is the eldest among his two brothers and sister. He is an independent learner and hard working young man. During the summers he has been helping his grandpa for a number of years with commercial fishing, this past summer a few with his dad and all the way til ending of fall season with hunting and subsistence gathering with the family and helps elders just like any other hunter does.
Emiran strives to do his best receiving good grades in school receiving Honor Rolls, Student of the Month, being a part of the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program, Natural Helpers, has even been a part of Student Council, and joining in other sports Native Youth Olympics, Cross Country, and right now being active in Mixed 6 Volleyball.
With all what Emiran is working towards right now will definitely impact his goals with attending college after high school and continuing to be a team player and role model to other students in Kotlik, Ak.
Thank you for your time to read about Emiran’s hopes and dreams. I thank you ahead for support in Emiran’s journey ahead.
Proud Mom, Karen Okitkun
(Emiran’s Words)
Hello, my name is Emiran Mike and I am from Kotlik, Alaska. I want to raise money for a trip/tour to the United Kingdom. I have been nominated for the 2019 Basketball Travel Team. If I raise enough money for this trip I’d be more than happy to say I did it, if you can see I am very into basketball. It’s been my favorite sport since 3rd or 4th grade, ever since then I’ve gotten better over these past years, and to this day my 9th grade year a lot of people keep saying I play like my dad and uncles.
My main goals are to get good grades this year, and the rest of my high school years so I can make it to college. My other goal is to make it to the NBA. I know it’ll take a lot of hard work and dedication for me to accomplish this goal, but I know I can make it happen if I put hard work into it.
I wanna ask for help because our village is small and we don’t have many jobs out here. My mom works for the school, and my dad does commercial fishing, trapping, and carpentry. With the income they support myself and three younger siblings. During summers I help my grandpa commercial fish or sometimes my dad. We hunt and do other subsistence gathering like pick berries and greens. We also try to get logs to heat the homes during the winter.
I want to get as much experience away from home so I will be prepared to go to college after high school. Thank you for your time.
Sincerely, Emiran Mike
Any help will be greatly appreciated with any type of donation. I’ve sent a bunch of requests out with emails and still waiting responses since we just got word over the weekend. The amount that I put on the go fund me was $8,000 requesting extra in for 3 of us to get the minor passport.
When Emiran, myself and his dad have to fly out to the nearest city where we can apply for a passport would cost about $900.00 roundtrip to Anchorage but I found out online the Post Office in Bethel may do passports as well but I am waiting for a call back to confirm that they do Passports at their Post office.
The Passport has to be applied for ahead of time so we are trying to get help now since the days will come by quickly. So pretty much anything will help towards helping my son. We would need to have a set payment and everything taken care of by May 1st, 2019. My phone number to be contacted is (907) 899-2559. Thank you for everything. Please check out the link and share along with family and friends. Thank you!
Karen Okitkun
Kotlik, AK

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